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The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

Ingrid Bergman and Bing Crosby star as a nun and a parish priest who try to save a crumbling school from being shut down. The Christmas pageant scene pageant scene earns The Bells of St. Mary's a spot on this Christmas movie list.

A Christmas Carol (1951)

The USCCB calls this British version of the classic Dickens tale "dandy family viewing, thanks to Alistair Sim's portrayal of Scrooge." Available for rent on Amazon Prime.

The Bishop's Wife (1947)

When an Episcopal bishop (David Niven) prays for money to build a cathedral, a smartly dressed angel from heaven (Cary Grant) comes to his aid (and the aid of his marriage). Also stars Loretta Young in the title role. Available for rent on YouTube and iTunes.

3 Godfathers (1948)

This American Western, directed by John Ford, is a retelling of the story of the 3 Wise Men, as three outlaws find themselves as guardians of a baby they find in the desert.

Available for rent on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play and Vudu.

Come to the Stable (1949)

This film, written by Catholic convert Clare Boothe Luce, tells the true story of the Abbey of Regina Laudis and two French religious sisters who go to a small New England town to build a children's hospital. Available for rent on YouTube and iTunes.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

A department store Santa tries to convince a little girl (Natalie Wood) and her skeptical mother that he's the real Kris Kringle in this Christmas classic. Available for rent on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play and Vudu.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

This classic Christmas movie tells the story of a man (Jimmy Stewart) who contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve -- and the guardian angel intervenes to show him how important he has been to the lives of others. Watch on TV/cable during the season, or rent on Vudu.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

This romantic comedy, set in a leather goods shop in Budapest during the Christmas season, stars Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as two clerks who dislike each other without realizing that they have been exchanging anonymous love letters with one another. Available for rent on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play and Vudu.

White Christmas (1954)

This musical comedy starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen is less about Christmas than show business, but the music makes it a Christmas classic. Available on Netflix, and for rent from YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu.

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